Wednesday 8 January 2020

Micky Hammond from Stable Lad to Top Trainer

Based at Oakwood Stables, East Witton Road, Middleham, Micky Hammond has a wealth of experience within thoroughbred horses racing. A top jockey in the 1980s and established horse trainer who knows how to get the best out of his horses. Not bad from a young man who didn't come from a racing background! 

With an eye for spotting a good horse and known as one of the best-dressed trainers in the game, he's one of those people you just can't help but like. 

Micky, how long have you been involved in horse racing? 

I've been in racing over 40 yrs, having never ridden before leaving school! I actually wrote a letter to Epsom horse trainer Brian Swift about becoming an apprentice jockey but started working weekends for local trainer TM Jones while in my final year at school in preparation. When I left school, Mr. Jones asked if I would like to work with him, the bonus being I could still live at home.

If you weren't a jockey or a trainer what would you have done?

I would have gone into the building trade. 

What memories do you have about riding Hardy Lad to victory in the Scottish National? 

He jumped well throughout the race, taking it up in the home straight. It was a brilliant feeling and one I will never forget. 

Do you feel a lot of pressure training horses or is it a relaxed career that you enjoy all the time? 

A lot of situations are beyond our control when dealing with animals, staff, and jockeys.

It's good when its good but can be very lonely when it's not. 

What race would you love to win before you retire? 

The Champion Hurdle.

What do you do to relax when you get the time? 

I love eating and drinking in nice places. Also, attending football matches.

Cornerstone Lad looks an absolute star and after winning the Fighting Fifth what plans do you have for him next? 

Cornerstone's gutsy win will see him next at Haydock 18th March.

How is the old fella Alderbrook Lad? 

It looks like he’s still enjoying racing at the ripe old age of 13.  Alderbrook Lad is in fine form, he is going to have his final season contending (and enjoying himself) around Cartmel.

Do you have any dark horses for my readers to follow this season? 

Rory And Me and an unnamed Mahler gelding.

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Related post: Hammond priming Fighting Fifth winner Cornerstone Lad for Champion Hurdle trial


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